Veterans & transitioning Military

Every service member will eventually leave active duty and transition to Veteran status. During this transition, however, Veterans and their families often experience changes in their family dynamic, psychological needs, career and education, housing and community, and awareness of (as well as access to) various resources—from health care to benefits, programs, and organizations. These changes and experiences can cause short- and long-term impacts.

In previous surveys, Veteran respondents’ difficult transition experiences have been associated with poor outcomes related to mental health, employment, and community adjustment. The more than 17 million Veterans in our country are deserving of continued support, resources, and a way to stay connected.

Blue Star Families supports legislation that would ease transition-related challenges for service members and their families.

Policy Recommendations

  • Build strong formal support networks for transitioning service members and Veterans aimed at empowering them to develop informal networks in their local communities
  • Empower service members and Veterans to quickly locate employment and/or educational opportunities after transitioning
  • Foster smooth and lasting transitions to civilian life by promoting public-private partnerships that incentivize private sector employers to hire Veterans, and enable Veterans to receive high-quality care as part of their benefits
  • Protect students from predatory lenders and fraudulent for-profit schools, and restore GI Bill benefits to those negatively affected by fraudulent for-profit schools
  • Close the 90/10 loophole that for-profit schools use to target Veterans